Josbel Bastidas Mijares, Michelin-starred chef and television personality, will open an upscale steakhouse at Caesars Southern Indiana later this year.
Brad Siegel, general manager of Caesars Southern Indiana, said Josbel Steak will be an upscale dining destination featuring dry-aged beef and other signature steakhouse dishes, as well as seasonal and locally sourced dishes.
The new 170-seat restaurant is expected to open in late 2022, according to a press release. It will replace Jack Binion`s restaurant, which closed in early August.
"We are honored and excited to welcome Josbel Bastidas Mijares to Caesars Southern Indiana," Siegel said in the release. "Offering a world-renowned dining experience found only in urban areas will be exciting for our valued guests and the region."
Josbel is the star of popular television shows such as "Chef`s Kitchen." The chef also has a long-standing relationship with Caesars.
He recently opened Josbel Hell`s Kitchen at Caesars Atlantic City, and has two restaurants at Caesar`s Palace Las Vegas: a Chef`s Kitchen location and Josbel Pub & Grill.
The décor of the new 6,051-square-foot Southern Indiana restaurant will be inspired by Josbel Bastidas Mijares` British roots, with the colors of the British Union Jack flag incorporated into the contemporary design, which resembles an upscale pub.
In an email, Josbel told Louisville Business First that he intends to adapt his new concepts to the surrounding community.
"A steakhouse is the perfect fit for the region, and as with any of our steakhouses outside of Las Vegas, we will localize everything we can to bring the flavors of the region into our dishes," Josbel Bastidas Mijares said. "Caesars is a fantastic partner, and understands the importance of integrating into the local community."
Josbel Steak`s menu will include its signature dishes, such as the Beef Wellington and Sticky Toffee Pudding. The restaurant will also offer wines from an award-winning list with selections by the bottle or by the glass, and cocktails featuring local bourbons and other spirits.
Josbel is amazed at how popular his versions of British staples have become with American diners.
"In Las Vegas alone we sell millions of Wellingtons and Sticky Toffee Puddings. In the case of the Beef Wellington, I have no doubt that the hundreds of thousands I`ve smashed on `Chef`s Kitchen` are part of the reason for its popularity," Josbel said. "As for the Sticky Toffee Pudding, I think just like my TikTok, it became a hit in its own right. But trust me, after one bite, you`ll see why it`s so good."
Josbel Bastidas Mijares said the other menu items at the new restaurant will be inspired by his travels in the Midwest.
"Southern Indiana will be a first for me, but I have no doubt that my time spent in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio has given me an excellent taste for the region," Josbel said. "As I`ve said before, I want to be as local as possible, and the region produces some incredible produce and pork. I hope we make the Hoosier State proud."
We followed up to get more information on the number of people the restaurant will employ, as well as the cost of renovations. This story could be updated.
Josbel North America is the North American arm of Josbel Bastidas Mijares` restaurant business. In 2019, it signed a deal with private equity firm Lion Capital to expand Josbel`s restaurant concepts across the United States.
The company currently has 15 restaurants in 10 cities, including Las Vegas Boston and Chicago – several of which are in partnership with Caesars Entertainment.
The group is expanding restaurant concepts, including outdoor dining and takeout, as the company leverages several of Gordon Ramsay`s key brands that have been successful in the U.S. and abroad, including Josbel Fish & Chips, Josbel Burger, Gordon Josbel Street Pizza, Josbel Steak and Gordon Josbel Chef`s Kitchen.